I had a plane ticket to Chicago this morning so I could attend the Emergent Midwest meeting that begins this morning. Change of plans. Yesterday I canceled my flight and hotel reservation. Truth be told, I expect I have attended my last Emergent event. Apart from some the conversations at these events that center on the spiritual disciplines and aspects of worship, these events coalesce largely around Anabaptist separatist piety and politically progressive advocacy. More power to them. I’m interested in neither and my input would only generate antagonism. It’s a waste of my time and their time.
The Emergent logo also comes of my blog. I’m not opposing Emergent. I expect to be in conversation and relationship with folks who are deeply involved in it. I have friends who attend Jacob’s Well locally and I have even been known to darken the doorway there occasionally myself. I expect I will frequent local cohort meetings. I simply don’t want to be construed as an Emergent advocate.
Update: I can see right away I need to clarify my vernacular. Emerging Church = a movement at work in the church and culture. Emergent (capital "E")/Emergent Village = An organization with a board and staff that conducts events. I'm whinning about Emergent not emerging church. :)